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TitleLi Meng pingzheng lu 蒞蒙平政錄[A Record of the Peaceful Governance of Mengyin]
Topic4.1 Magistrates handbooks: General
Historical periodEarly Qing (1644-1796)
AuthorChen Chaojun 陳朝君
CollectionGuanzhen shu jicheng 官箴書集成
Number of volume2
Publication typeWoodblock
CommentRem.: Administrative advice by the author based on his experiences as magistrate of Mengyin 蒙陰 (present-day Tai’an 泰安, Shandong). He writes in his preface that the moral education he had received, though valuable, did not prepare him for the practical challenges he would face in Mengyin, a region of few natural resources, many social problems, and with a poverty-stricken populace. (The time and place are close to those of the Fuhui quanshu [q.v.].) His purpose is to help other officials succeed in similarly difficult situations. Each of the two chapters has its own table of contents. In j. 1, a series of reflections on the moral and administrative responsibilities of magistrates are followed by several dozen sample documents dealing with sundry administrative topics in the form of official reports to superiors (xiangwen 詳文), official dispatches (diewen 牒文), and public proclamations (gaoshi 告示). J. 2 is composed entirely of reports to superiors, public proclamations, and reports of judicial investigations (shenyu 審語). All of the documents included are concerned with either fiscal or judicial matters, including land management, census, natural disasters, forestry, care of the poor, litigation, and the prosecution and punishment of crime.
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